About the Firm

Malone LLC is a Philadelphia-based law firm with a practice focused upon tax controversies.

Jim Malone established Malone LLC to bring together two legal disciplines: tax and litigation. Traditionally, most law firms have treated these as separate practice areas handled by different lawyers. The logic for treating tax and litigation separately breaks down in the context of tax controversies, which occur when a  taxpayer is challenged by the IRS, a state, or a local tax authority.

Tax controversies walk and talk like litigation: the taxpayer is directed to provide evidence and legal support for the position adopted on the tax return, and the failure to provide a persuasive presentation of the supporting evidence and legal authority means additional taxes are due, frequently with interest and penalties. The taxpayer then has potential appeal rights or rights to file a formal challenge to the additional tax liability in court.

Developing a persuasive presentation of evidence and legal authority on behalf of a client is what litigators do. But a litigator’s skills are not enough in a tax controversy: the taxpayer’s representative has to have sufficient knowledge of the relevant tax principles as well. Malone LLC meets this need, as its managing member, Jim Malone is an experienced litigator who holds a Master of Laws in Taxation.

In addition to representing taxpayers, Malone LLC also provides legal services in the areas of appellate litigation and commercial litigation.

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